Long Term Care Insurance
Preparing for the future health needs of a loved one is difficult, add in the cost for home care services, skilled nursing or assisted living and it becomes a very worrisome. These types of expenses aren’t covered by Medicare, Medicaid, HMOs or PPOs. So how do you afford non-medical caregivers and home care aides?
The answer may be to purchase Long Term Care Insurance (LTCI).
Like any insurance, you invest in the policy before you need it, making payments over a period of years. Long Term Care Insurance is a specialty type of Life Insurance and an investment in your future care needs. LTCI helps pay for caregivers, nurse aides and personal care assistants in the comfort of your home. It can also reduce the cost of an Assisted Living, Memory Care or Skilled Nursing community, widening the options of where you or your loved resides during the Golden Years.
Benefits of Long Term Care Insurance:
Benefits of having Long Term Care Insurance (LTC or LTCI) are being able to afford at home caregiver, personal care assistants, nurse aides and home health aides. Every LTCI company will have requirements for you to hire a Non-Medical Home Care Agency. Using an agency that is knowledgeable about LTCI and capable of following the insurance company’s policies is important. If the agency isn’t experienced, your reimbursement from the LTCI may be delayed or denied.
Every policy is different, you must choose what is best for you and your family.
Policies may cover the following services/care arrangements:
- Home Care
- Care Coordination
- Nursing Homes
- Assisted Living
- Adult Day Care Services
- Memory Care Facility
- Home Modification
Medicare provides a limited amount of at-home care or covers a brief stay in a convalescent home, but the conditions are extremely strict. Also, employer-based health coverage will not pay for daily care services. Having long term care insurance is a smart alternative.
According to AARP, “Depending on the policy options you select, long-term care insurance can help you pay for the care you need, whether you are living at home or in an assisted living facility or nursing home. The insurance might also pay expenses for adult day care, care coordination and other services. Some policies will even help pay costs associated with modifying your home so you can keep living in it safely.”
Average Costs of Care
Being elderly and retired means limited choices when you have a decline in health. LTCI gives you some options. Its designed to help with the cost of at home care services or you can use your coverage to help pay for a nursing home stay. LTCI can also expand your options of where to reside in an assisted living or memory care community.
The 2017 Average Monthly cost for:
|In Home Care||Adult Day Care||Assisted Living||Nursing Home|
|$4767||$1668||$4275||$9703 – Private Room|
|$8114 – Semi Private Room|
All LTC policies are different and have limitations on how long you’re covered or how much will be paid towards your care. Be sure to discuss these points with your insurance broker to find the best policy for your family.
Coverage will depend on your insurance type and the company underwriting the policy. Some policies provide payments for two to five years, others may pay for as long as you live.
If You Have LTCI and Need In Home Care Services
If you have coverage under a long-term care policy and need home care services OR are in a Skilled Nursing Facility or Assisted Living Home, you must contact your insurance company to initiate your claim.
Links to the necessary claim forms and contact information for well-known Long Term Care Insurance Companies are listed below. Click on your insurance company and follow the links to initiate your claim or to speak with an agent about your coverage.
Skilled Nursing Facilities, Convalescent Homes and Assisted Living Homes can be authorized to bill your insurance directly.
Home Care Agencies must be approved by your insurance company and will bill you directly on a monthly basis then submit all necessary forms to the insurance company. Once information is submitted, the insurance company reimburses you.
Using a home care agency that is experienced with Long Term Care Insurance is key to receiving your reimbursement in a timely manner. Forms and information must submit correctly and on schedule or the reimbursement will be delayed. Documents will include the Care Plan, Case Notes, Invoices and other information.
I Want At-Home Care
Only State Licensed, Bonded and Insured Non-Medical Home Care Agencies are approved by LTCI Companies. Verify the agency you choose also has experience with Long Term Care Insurance Companies.
A-1 Home Care Agency has been helping seniors and elderly in the Greater Los Angeles area and San Gabriel Valley since 1991. We have more than 27 years’ experience working with Long Term Care Insurance companies.
Why Choose A-1 Home Care Agency
We perform an Intake Assessment over the phone when you call. The assessment allows us to learn your needs and prepare a Non-Medical Plan of Care specifically for you.
Our staff will verify your coverage and budget with your insurance provider and arrange home care services based on your care requirements, schedule and preferences. We take care of all staffing concerns based on your health needs and daily routine.
Starting service with A-1 Home Care Agency is very simple. We require a Staffing Agreement be signed and returned and pre-payment before the start of service. The Staffing Agreement provides confirmation of schedule and rates as well as general information about our agency and policies.
We can provide professional home care service for you within 3 days of your call.
We have a history of providing professional, affordable and compassionate care and are trusted by long term insurance companies, medical centers and skilled nursing staff.
We are knowledgeable about LTC insurance company procedures and ensure clients receive a timely reimbursement. We submit Invoices, Plan of Care Notes and any other information the insurance company requires.
We maintain all records required by your long term care insurance company and the IRS, allowing you to enjoy time with your family.